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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jul 29, 2007 9:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite weir tune

I've always thought Black Throated Wind was one of his best - but I have no idea how much of that is Barlow and how much is his. Barlow - the most underrated and unrecognized member of the greater "family" that has done, by far [excluding kesey], the most interesting work outside of the band.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Jul 29, 2007 12:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite weir tune

There were a number of alterations made in the lyrics when the song was brought back into the rotation in the '90's, and please don't ask me to quote them because I can't. All I know is that when I was trying to sing along, Bob took a left turn with the words. But I do think the original song was purely John Barlow's; I would think the latter-day version was a product of Weir's own inspiration.

Definitely one of my favorite compositions by Bob, though. I don't know of another song that captures the multi-layered emotional irony of hitch-hiking more effectively.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jul 29, 2007 9:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite weir tune

I agree. barlow is a very interesting guy.

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Poster: barongsong Date: Jul 29, 2007 10:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite weir tune

I agree he dosn't get as much recognition as a musical force but just look at the internet around you and the SPACE he helped to create.